April 19th, 2012
NEW HAVEN — A Weybridge man is proposing to establish the state’s first mobile slaughterhouse for large animals, a business he said will bring services directly to producers and help fill a sizable void of meat processing facilities in Vermont.
FERRISBURGH — A part of the nation’s history — or at least a fanciful version of a local legend — will come to life at Ferrisburgh Central School on Friday morning.
At 10:30 a.m., the 17 members of kindergarten teacher Josh Brooks’ class will present their version of how American Commodore Thomas MacDonough outfoxed the British at the mouth of Otter Creek.
In the pupils’ short play, MacDonough receives help from, among others, a fictional farm boy, George Washington, and Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys.
BRISTOL — The Vermont Public Service Board has given the green light to a major methane-to-electricity facility at one of the county’s largest dairy farms.
It was this past Jan. 6 that Four Hills Farm requested a certificate of public good from the Public Service Board to install and operate a 525kW methane electrical generating facility at its 722 Burpee Road headquarters in Bristol. Four Hills has 2,500 head of cattle, around 1,250 of which are currently being milked.
VERGENNES — The new Vergennes Union Elementary School principal has degrees from Middlebury College and the University of Vermont, is now serving as the president of the Vermont Principals’ Association and has nine years of administrative experience at Mount Abraham Union and Proctor Junior/Senior high schools.
Those and other impressive bullet points on June Sargent’s résumé helped her stand out among 16 candidates and three finalists for the job, said VUES board chairwoman Tara Brooks.
ORWELL — Teachers and boards in the Addison Rutland Supervisory Union have ratified a three-year contract after months of deliberation and a narrowly averted teacher strike.
The new contract was completed with the help of a federal mediator just hours before the teacher strike was set to begin on March 21. The agreement applies to teachers across the supervisory union for the current school year and runs through summer 2014.
VERMONT — The crew at Dragonheart Vermont — a dragon boat team comprised of breast cancer survivors — has paddled together for almost a decade through serious health conditions and grueling global competitions. And this year, they’ve paddled their way to the origin of dragon boat racing, China’s Pearl River Delta. There they’ll compete in the International Dragon Boat Federation’s Club Crew World Championships in Hong Kong.
BRISTOL — Dozens of Addison Northeast Supervisory Union (ANeSU) educators showed up at a joint meeting of the six district school boards Tuesday night to demand a new multi-year contract by the end of the school year.
The teachers have been working without a negotiated contract since June 30, 2010, and they’ve been doing so under imposed conditions.
BRISTOL — After five years at Mount Abraham Union High School, Co-Principal Leon Wheeler will step down at the end of this school year to take up the head post at Winooski High School.
The decision was based on economic reasons, commuting distance and the opportunity to lead a diverse and developing school, said Wheeler.